THE BIDDEFORD-SACO LODGE of Elks has named winners of Round 1 of its Saco Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest.

Girls and boys division winners included: first place, ages 8-9: Lauren Desjardins and Ben Ham; ages 10-11: Alex Hart and Adam Lovejoy, and ages 12-13: Ashley Howe and Corey Hart.

Second place were, ages 8-9: Madison Vachon and Ryan Penney; ages 10-11: Taylor Wildes and Andre Hart, and ages 12-13: Paige Sawyer and Alexander Millett. Third place were, ages 8-9: Hayley Desjardins and Calvin Cristoforo; ages 10-11: Gabrielle Millett and Eric McCallum, and ages 12-13: Nicole Shortsleeve and Chris Allen.

Those winners will next compete in Rockland to move on to the national competition in Springfield, Mass.


THE BOOTHBAY RAILWAY VILLAGE has acquired a historically significant piece of Maine railroad history — a 2-foot-gauge caboose from the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum of Portland.

Caboose 551 was built in Phillips in 1904 by Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad. It served the railroad until the end of its operations in 1935 and was eventually sold for use as a camp.

The caboose was restored in the 1940s by Ellis D. Atwood, founder of the Edaville Railroad of Massachusetts, whose collection was moved to Portland in 1993. For more details, call 633-4727 or go to


BUXTON CENTER Elementary School student Virginia Hugo-Vidal is winner of the school’s recent geography bee. Other students who qualified for the final round included: Kaleb Remick, Bonn Hollen, Amaya Leeman, Connor Sirois, Kevin Spearin, Andrew Pendleton, Gavin Morang, Carolyn Mains and Rylan Neal.


RESIDENTS OF THE retirement communities at The Highlands and Highland Green have donated $1,540 to the Maine Alzheimer’s Association from proceeds raised at their 12th annual Stars of Hope tree-lighting campaign.